[ARC] The Academy by Quinn Anderson

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3stars

Earlier, when the party was in full swing, I looked around and thought to myself that something was missing. From the party. From my apartment. From my life. I couldn’t figure out what it was. But now, as I lay here, I think I finally know. It’s you.

Title: The Academy
Author: Quinn Anderson
Release date: September 17th 2018
Good things about this book: The characters are really nice and the feelings super sweet.
Bad things about this book: It could’ve been shorter, imo.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a sweet love story.
Rate: 3/5

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ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

PLOT —
It dragged a little with the inner monologues and the Academy, the college they were in, and the title of this book, was soon forgotten. I would have loved to see more things happening in the Academy, but it was still nice to experience the college life through Nick’s eyes.

CHARACTERS —
Nick was a bit too overdramatic. Everything was this big guilt trip for him and also for Sebastian. Everything. They couldn’t enjoy anything with pages and pages of inner monologues why they shouldn’t be enjoying said thing. I wanted to slap some sense into both of them. There were really cute scenes, though. Some borderline cheesy as hell. I love those. Sebastian is a cutie!

THOUGHTS —
I liked the idea of a playboy finding real love for the first time and leaving his playboy days behind. It’s one of the many tropes I love, so I was completely okay with how the story unfolded. It had its ups and downs, being a little slow, but in the end, it was a cute and sweet story. And we had a couple of steamy scenes and wow, I liked those a lot.

CONCLUSION —
I liked the ending, the epilogue was really nice and all the on-page characters, mains and sides, were all interesting. I will certainly keep reading books by this author. They are both romantic and emotional.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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4stars

Sometimes some you have known all your life becomes no longer familiar to you, but strange in a marvelous way, as if you have discovered a beach you have been visiting all your life is made not of sand but of diamonds, and they blind you with their beauty.

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Number of pages: 699 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how we got to know more about Gwyn and other faerie mysteries.
Bad things about this book: The romance between some characters war totally nonsense and I hated it.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Took me 20 days to finish this. Some days I didn’t want to pick it up, some other days I wanted to read it just to get it over with. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong: there is much I liked but there was also a lot I didn’t. Too much unnecessary drama, the miscommunication, the lies, oh my how many lies and tricks. You’d think they’d learned not to do it after the disasters of the previous book but nooooo here we go again, hiding things, making the worst decisions, not thinking anything through.

Our teenage heroes have to venture into forbidden lands for a mission that will unveil plans and secrets from the Lord of Shadows, aka the Unseelie King. The Black Volume is still lost and it contains too many dark spells to be left floating at large. It doesn’t only contain necromancy spells but it contains spells that could strip shadowhunters of their angelic powers. That could be the end of the world and the dominion of the Lord of Shadows all over humans, shadowhunters and downworlders. I’m fascinated by the fair folks and I want to know everything there is to know about the king, the queen and their secrets. They can’t lie but they can deceive and they’re very good at that. I want to know what they are planning.

Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eyes will be upon you.”

You may think the Lord of Shadows is the most evil creature in the whole world and he is the one that is a danger to our teenage heroes, but you’ll be wrong!! The Dearborns and the Cohort were the most awful villains to ever have graced the pages of a shadowhunter book, in my opinion. So hateful and kick butt worthy! Everything was their fault, everything that happened in the last chapter was 100% their doing because they are megalomaniac racists bigots. The worst kind of human beings/shadowhunters.

The romance got to my nerve! That useless plotline of forced love that for me had zero chemistry ruined everything for me. I’m talking about Mark and Cristina obviously. I thought Cristina had more chemistry with a random centurion that she had with Mark. They don’t belong together and as much as I like Kieran (I like him A LOT), I think Mark needs to be by himself for a while and be a big brother. That romantic storyline felt so forced and pointless I sighed everytime I knew a Mark+Cristina moment was approaching. I like Cristina so I hope she finds happiness but, girl, you better keep looking. I know Mark is divine but you both are wrong for each other. Get yourself someone else!

Julian was the kind of person who could descend into Hell and come out with the devil himself owing him a favor.

I may be rambling but I got mad about that. Also about how stubborn Julian was being with the martyr mask he liked to wear. Bad decisions were made, that’s an understatement, and people got hurt. The ending did not shocked me, not much, because the internet is a source of unwanted spoilers you can’t avoid and I already knew a lot of things that were going to happen.

This review is only me being angry at the unnecessary love authors like to put in books. Like it’s so unlikely that two people meet each other for the first time, become friends, and NOT fall in love. What was I thinking? That happens all the time, right? Impossible for them to be, I don’t know, just good friends.

There are still 220 days left until the release of Queen of Air and Darkness that, if I’m not wrong, will be the last book of this shadowhunters trilogy. Am I worried? Oh hell you bet I am! But I’m also curious about a lot of things; I can’t wait to be angry at the forced love story, and to see those two parabatai be free to love each other without lies, curses or LIES. Did I already say lies? I thought it was worth repeating myself. I also can’t wait to see Ty and Kit’s friendship blooming. Those two are adorable and their friendship is worth every single cringe worthy moment of the unnecessary story line I have to bear witness to. See you in 220 days!

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Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

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3stars

“You don’t really know me yet. I might not even be entirely human.”
“Oh, I know that. You’re at least a quarter unicorn.”

Title: Manic Pixie Dream Boy
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: The Underdogs #1
Number of pages: 143 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s easy to read and it was fun imagining how their songs sounded in my head.
Bad things about this book: I think there were a little too many sexy scenes and the miscommunication really bothered me.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s enjoyable.
Rate: 3/5

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Cute and very sexy. Dare I say too sexy? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. If I say it’s too sexy then it means maybe it was really a little bit too much; I’m usually all over the steam and lust.

While I enjoyed reading it, it felt longer than it actually was; it seemed that it was never going to end. I think it lacked something that usually makes me devour a book in no time. It was sweet and it had angst and of course my heart suffered quite a bit.

Dusk is the leader of a rock band. He is bisexual, has long silky hair, tattoos of food? I don’t remember. He is craving peanut butter so he makes the bus stop to buy some but, surprise surprise, he sees Lolly (real name Abe), pink hair, Disney tattoos, heart shaped glasses, lollipop, and it’s lust at first sight. Flirty time, naughty time, toilet accident, and Abe finds himself on the tour bus with the band and a clingy Dusk by his side.

Dusk followed the guy as if he were a rabbit leading Dusk to Wonderland.

He’s supposed to get off in L.A. but, things happen and he’s earning money from the band posing as Dusk’s boyfriend. But what exactly are they? They are good together, have great, even amazing, chemistry but they don’t speak much.

The dreaded miscommunication appears, attacks and knocks them out.

I think I knew that was going to happen. What else can bring suffering and angst between two people that from the outside are perfect for each other and make each other happy? Words not said, feelings not discussed. And that’s it. That’s all it takes for the world to fall apart. I’m not going to lie, I was mad at Abe because you can’t expect people to know what’s going on inside your head. You are feeling bad about something? You tell Dusk about it and find a solution. If that doesn’t work, then and only then, you can be mad and take decisions based on what you both discussed.

“Everything is temporary, like a visit to Disneyworld. And it leaves you drained, because you know it’s never going to last.”

I don’t like how someone waits a long time for their partner to realize something is not right and when they’re almost exploding, they accused them of not caring enough. People are different, they don’t always pay attention even if they want to, they need someone to guide them, to point them to the right direction. They are not bad, they just need guidance and, if there’s love and respect, you’ll see how everything will fall in the right place. And if it’s not worth it, you’ll know early on and not waste precious time on something that’s not leading anywhere. Communication is the way, folks!

Do I want to read the second book of this series? Maybe, but not right away. But I will read it because I’m curious about Sid and the stalker.

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[ARC] Fourteen Summer by Quinn Anderson

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5stars

“I need your humor. I need your support. And I need you to get me to put on real clothes and leave the house every now and then, because otherwise I’ll become one of those weird recluses with twelve pet reptiles who writes articles about how millennials are killing the sock industry.”

Title: Fourteen Summers
Author: Quinn Anderson
Number of pages: 287 (kindle edition)
Expected publication: May 21st 2018
Good things about this book: Nice characters, nice story, nice romance, nice themes. I liked it a lot.
Bad things about this book: There was a part I thought now of the characters was overreacting a bit but maybe I can’t consider it bad since it’s only something that bothered me.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s really sweet.
Rate: 5/5

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Sweet, sappy, a tad melodramatic, cheesy AF: simply adorable. When I finished the book I could barely see, I was squinting my eyes so much trying to make sense of my feelings. I needed rest but I promise I had such a big smile on me face! It was so cute to see, trust me.

Max and Aiden are identical twins. They have lived all their lives being “the twins” and Aiden, the introvert one, has always lived his life being “Max’s brother”. He wants to be his own person, other than the twin of a brother he fights with all the time but that he loves with all his heart. Surprise!! After 10 years not seeing each other, the twins run into Oliver, their long lost best friend from their youth. He is all grown up and hot, and also very gay. Aiden, also being gay, is all the more on edge in his proximity. Boy’s hormones are something else and some things can’t be hidden. The “feelings” are pretty obvious.

This was what happened when two introverts tried to flirt. They ended up with a lot of awkward silences and not-staring contests while they each waited to see if the other one was going to make a move. If Oliver gave Aiden one more lingering look from afar, he was going to become the protagonist of a YA novel.

Unfortunately the sparks between Oliver and Aiden, make Max feel excluded and he starts feeling all kinds of things, making him annoying and rude. Both twins and Oliver must face obstacles during this summer who promises to be one to remember: but if it’s worth it, then things can’t stay wrong forever, right? That’s what I hoped from the beginning, my heart heavy with angst and frustration. Those boys sure knew how to keep me on my toes. I was a little mess but this is not a long book so I didn’t have to wait much to know my sentence.

Fourteen Summers had a promising summary and it lived to its potential. I didn’t expect it to have some kind of scenes but I was also glad it did. They were right, never too much or unnecessary. It dealt with themes familiar to people with siblings and divorced parents but even if you don’t see yourself in them, you will still enjoy being a part of their journey. They grow up in such a short time; they needed a beautiful green-eyed boy to let their castle crumble only to be rebuilt stronger and bigger and more beautiful.

“Way to get all sappy, dude. I blame all those foreign films you’ve been watching. They’ve made you broody.”

Sweet Mother of Cheese, how I love (and sometimes hate) romance novels! They make my heart ache with feelings I long to have. You know, to love and be loved in return? That feeling. To quote my newly found life motto “Dum Spiro, Spero”, there’s still hope for me since I’m still breathing. Let’s keep in hoping because someday love will find me and a crazy summer, like the one of Aiden, Max and Oliver, might become true in my future. I’m okay with spring, winter or autumn, I’m not picky.

Stop it, Aiden. Your oldest friend is back in your life. Try being happy instead of hormonal.

Aiden, dear, the “heart” wants what the “heart” wants. *wink wink*

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Lovers Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“We’re fucking different but we’re still two superheroes who’d die for each other. In any era, any alternate universe. Like Captain America and the Winter Solider.”

Title: Lovers Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #2
Number of pages: 365 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Fun, interesting, hot, well-written, you will keep reading until you finish it. Guaranteed.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is beautiful.
Rate: 5/5

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I know I loved Damaged Like Us because it was different from any other book I’ve ever read. Its pace was different, fresh, it kept me glued to the virtual pages and I didn’t want it to end. So I knew I was going to love this sequel but I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. There is not much drama, there’s action, steamy and not, we get to know more relatives and we have the exclusive of Moffy and Farrow’s relationship. Did I say there is little to no love drama? Oh, how I love that, you have no idea!
I loved everything. I was on edge so many times, a little scared, super happy, very entertained, and more often than not, awfully turned on. I’m only human, after all.

“Vote for whoever looks the best.” Farrow, my mind blurts out in response. I swear my brain is one terrifying step from making shrines of the guy. Which is not cool. Not cool.

Damaged Like Us ended with the whole family finding out Farrow and Moffy were boyfriends and hell broke loose. Harsh words were said, people got offended, things were changing but maybe that wasn’t a bad thing. Now, as damage control, Moffy and the oldest Hales-Cobalts-Meadows are going on tour with their bodyguards: all of them, cramped inside a bus for four months. Things are going to get heated. There is a troll account threatening Moffy and Farrow is restless because he needs to save the man he loves both as his boyfriend and as his personal bodyguard. It will get messy and butts will be seen; so many butts it’s glorious.

“She’ll ‘revoke’ your membership to that Rainbow Brigade shit if you’re not careful.”
Oscar almost laughs, and he reties a rolled bandana around his forehead. “It’s not real until she makes pins.”

Maximoff, Jane, Charlie, Beckett and Sulli are participating in a few fan conventions to raise money for lgbtqia youth all around the US and of course their bodyguards came along. I was happy to see more of the famous kids and also I loved the bodyguards; they were all hilarious, even Thatcher, and they made the book richer and more interesting. They are as much part of the story as the rich and gorgeous: and they are also quite hot! The camaraderie between bodyguards and the love and care they have for the families they serve is profound and true; they share almost every second of their lives with them and they are like their own families. It’s lovely!

My eyes burn. I wake up every morning, and I’m more in love with him than the day before.

Besides the obvious bonding and some pretty interesting events that happen on the bus, the book’s story is told from Farrow and Moffy’s POV and so we are inside their heads while they brood, while they flirt, while they desire nothing more than kiss each other’s faces and get naughty. It’s hilarious and adorable. They love each other and they can barely believe they have found someone who knows, supports and understands what the other is going through. Moffy may not know everything about Farrow’s past but he is absolutely certain that if he asks, the answers are going to be 100% true. There’s so much trust between the both of them and that is the reason there is no love drama; they communicate trying not to leave anything left to be misunderstood. I hate miscommunication because people aren’t mind readers; you need to say out loud if something is wrong or else suck it, the world isn’t waiting for you. Do something and stop whining!

His mouth curves upward. “Welcome back, space cadet.”
I scowl and unbutton my jeans. “I barely spaced out.”

The ending was perfect, just as much as it was perfect everything else. Sweetness galore and happy smiles: my favorites. Everything I needed to have the dumb face I usually have when a story is dreamy and I’m jealousy wishing I could have what they have. This series was a surprise; I am scared about the third and last book but I trust the authors. They won’t disappoint me because until now these books have been flawless so I don’t expect they’ll stop now, right? Give me Alphas Like Us right now or right this moment, either is fine by me.

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A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove ☆

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5starsplus

Hope was a dangerous thing, and it had no place here.

Title: A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Number of pages: 172 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Nate is the sweetest and he really is worth knowing.
Bad things about this book: Too short? Maybe not, it ended perfectly.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please love it as much as I did.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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I LOVED IT!!! It was adorable and sweet and gave me so many feelings!! At one point I was fuming, almost crying because I was sad and frustrated. My poor baby Nate; such a short book giving my heart an incredibly hard time. It was hardly fair because I cared for Nate and it was an immediate thing the attachment I felt for him. I didn’t think it was rushed; you just met the guy and start wanting all the best for him. Simple as that.

Since he was twelve, Nate has been able to see and communicate with the dearly departed. It’s a family thing but his ability is somewhat stronger than his relatives’. As a result, his own mother who lacks the medium ability is scared of him and kicks him out of the house and forbids his sister to have contacts with him. It was hard for me not to want to reach inside the pages and slap the woman. That sweet boy was hurt and his mother didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He goes to live with his aunt and talks frequently with his grandma who passed away a couple years before. She is a great confidant; a little nosey, though.

Dear, sweet Aunt Susan, what is it like in your simple life? Where people actually talked to each other? Asked questions and got answers? What was that like? I bit my tongue.

Nate is an outcast, bullied and ignored by his schoolmates who call him crazy. Nate is lonely and resigned to be by himself until the new boy, James, sits next to him and friendship blooms almost immediately. James likes Nate and Nate is confused by this: does he like him as a friend or maybe he can hope for something more? Oh boy, Nate was conflicted and didn’t want to risk the only friend he had to find out if they could be something more.

To make things weirder, if that was even possible, James had a ghost in tow: his brother David who passed away only a few months before James moved. James is clearly mourning his brother but won’t talk about it. He is suffering and David appears very often to tell Nate to help his brother move on so that he can be happy again. David and Nana are somewhat love advisors to Nate with his struggles of the heart. Nate likes James a lot and I suffer with him everyday he can’t tell James how he feels; every time Nate suffered because of James, I suffered and my heart broke in a million pieces.

He chuckled, and I was quietly overwhelmed by the idea that someone wanted to talk to me.

The frustration and sadness I felt reading some chapters were overwhelming; I thought I was going to start ugly sobbing at any moment. I did have tears in my eyes. I was so sad for Nate and for all the unfairness he was experiencing. I thought he was incredible and the thought of him being used to be alone, to be disappointed and left behind, made me hurt so much I still want to cry just thinking about it.

This book was so short but so full of emotions. I loved every page of it and I will put it in my favorites book drawers in my mind. It deserves this and much more. It was an adorable love story with a twist of paranormal so it was just the kind of book that’ll get to me and I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

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Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“He’s my bodyguard – that’s not changing.
It’s not.
But I can’t even think about anyone else. He hasn’t just pitched a tent in my brain and dick. He’s built a fucking stone castle.”

Title: Damaged Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the different POVs.
Bad things about this book: It has sequels and bad things can still happen.
Do I recommend it? Yes, do read it.
Rate: 5/5

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This was just perfect. No real drama at all. Two wonderful main characters and super interesting side characters. There are so many names to remember but at the beginning of the book there is a very useful characters list. Thank you for that! This is my first book by the Ritchie sisters so I don’t know the background stories of Maximoff’s parents, uncles and aunts but it is still a very enjoyable book to read as a stand-alone of a brand new series. I don’t know if I’m going to read the other series introducing the parents. We’ll see.

There’s only one thing that scares the hell out of me, though. There’s going to be sequels, at least two, so there’s still room for drama and for things to go unnecessarily wrong. I don’t want it, ok? People can be lucky and have a drama free love life! It happens and I wish for it!

Maximoff Hale, aka Moffy, is a handsome bisexual cinnamon roll, named after Quicksilver from the X-Men, super rich with a heart of gold and eyes so green they were described at every possible occasion. I get he has wonderful forest green eyes but I don’t need to be reminded of them constantly. In real life I don’t think people goes all “He turned those forest green at me etc”; it just doesn’t sound right. It was funny, though, because of its cheesiness. I love improbable cheesy lines; they are my number one source of entertainment in romance novels.

Farrow Keene is the handsome tattooed and pierced bodyguard of Moffy, who changes hair color frequently, and has been Maximoff’s crush since he was sixteen years old. Farrow finds Moffy very attractive and he now sees him as a man, even with the 5 years age gap. Five years isn’t much; Moffy is 22 so Farrow being 27 isn’t scandalous or illegal. They’re both grown up men and they are everyday fighting the sexual tension, the very palpable sexual tension between them. The flirting was off the charts! I also find Farrow hilarious and I loved their scenes together.

I would choose the words: sexually frustrated and fucking complicated. But let’s go with excited. It’ll cause the least amount of friction right now.

Since Moffy can’t have friends (I repeat, people are disgusting), he spends his non-working hours with his cousin and roommate Jane and her many cats. Jane is a cat lady and I love her: eccentric and adventurous, she has too many haters because of her body, because of what she wears and what her parents did when they were younger. She is a strong girl but she needs protection so I will fight anyone who wants to do her harm! Those brats and their filthy hater mouths need to learn a lesson and I hope someone is willing to slap the stupidity out of them. I volunteer myself!

“I’ve heard you call Walrus a little bastard about thirty times.”
“With affection,” I say.

The hate towards Moffy and his siblings is over the top, infuriating and unfair and is often what sets him off and takes him to be violent against people (read: sucky people) in public places. He loves his family and is willing to do anything in his power to make their lives easier. Moffy lives to protect his family and Farrow is paid to protect Moffy. What are they going to do now that they have more to fight for? It’s a story worth waiting for. The love story of the century!

“We’re in this shit together, and we’re going to get out together. No matter what.”

I hope we’ll see more of the siblings and the cousins in the next book. I know I want to know more about the ballet rebel with his tattoo and the rainbow brigade. Tom sounds like a very interesting guy! Things are going to get messy, and even if I’m pretty sure of that, I’m not one bit ready to see it happening! Please, gods of Asgard grant my wish, let them have the happy ending they truly deserve!

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